In this edition of Jughead's Basement, John turns over an old log to see what's growing on Adrenalin O.D.'s 1986 release, Humungousfungusamongus.
Featuring interviews with band members Paul Richard, Jack Steeples, Dave Scott, and Bruce Wingate.
Also featuring an interview with Buy Our Records representative, Lenny Sblendorio, and a performance piece from Jim Testa.
In this episode John and friends stand back up the Queers' 1996 album, Don't Back Down. Featuring interviews with band members Joe King and B-Face, producers J.J. Rassler and Mass Giorgini, and contributors Wimpy Rutherford, Lisa Marr and Les Hernandez.
Also featuring performance pieces from Sara Ramone and Kevin Aper.
Make sure to check out the new home of Jughead's Basement; http://jugheadsbasement.com/
In this episode, John cuts deep into the Jazz Butcher's 1984 album, A Scandal In Bohemia. Featuring interviews with band members, Pat Fish, Max Eider, Owen Jones, and David J.
Also featuring performance pieces from Brian Nemtusak and Scott Hermes.
In this episode of Jughead's Basement, John and friends resuscitate the Mr. T Experience's 1996 album, Love Is Dead.
This edition features interviews with all of the '96 era member's of the band; Frank (Dr. Frank) Portman, Jym Pittman, and Joel Reader. Along with producer Kevin Army, and Lookout Records Representative Christopher Appelgren.
Also featuring performances pieces from Michael T. Fournier and Evan Hanover.
"Ba Ba Ba Ba Ba" : Michael T. Fournier has written a novel titled "Hidden Wheel" as well as a book-length discussion of the Minutemen's "Double Nickels on the Dime" album (for the 33 1/3 series). He is the editor of Cabildo Quarterly, a broadsheet literary journal, and plays drums in Dead Trend. He and his wife Rebecca live in Western Mass with their cat.
"Thank You (For Not Being One of Them)" : Evan Hanover is an anthropologist by day and a dramaturge and photographer by night. This is the latest in a string of collaborations with John Jughead, many of which have been with the Neo-Futurists, with whom he is an Artistic Associate. Also, he sincerely would like to thank you for not being one of them.
In this episode of Jughead's Basement, Naked Raygun's 1985 release, Throb Throb, is examined. This episode features special guest co-host, Dan Vapid.
Interviews with Naked Raygun:
Interviews with Steve Albini (Producer & Engineer of Jawbreaker and Nirvana. Musician in Big Black and Shelac.)
Steve Walker on "Metastasis"
Eric T. Roth on "On/I Don't Know"
Jim DeRogatis on "Managua"
Closing song: "Rat Patrol" covered by Cheaper By The Case in 1997 by my friends: Mark Montgomery, Fritz Doreza, and Eric Mahle.
In this episode of Jughead's Basement, The Feelies' 1986 release, The Good Earth, is gone over with a fine-toothed comb.
Featuring interviews with Glenn Mercer, Bill Million, Dave Weckerman, Brenda Sauter, and Stan Demeski of The Feelies. Also featuring pieces from Jim Testa, Jim DeRogatis, Edmund O'Brien, Audrey Zee Whitesides, and John "Jughead" Pierson himself.
Track 2: On The Roof - Jim Testa is the Boss at JerseyBeat.com, which began as Jersey Beat fanzine in 1982, so he's been around forever. He is a weekly columnist for The Jersey Journal/NJ.com and a regular contributor to several other print and online publications.
Track 5: When Company Comes - Jim DeRogatis is an American Music Critic and co-host of Sound Opinions. DeRogatis has written articles for magazines such a Spin, Guitar World, and Modern Drummer, and for fifteen years was the pop music critic for the Chicago SunTimes.
Track 6: Let's Go - Edmund O'Brien was born in London, reared in New Jersey, grew up in Manhattan, became a husband in Chicago, and a father in Los Angeles. He's back in Chicago where he teaches comedy writing, music and improv at The Second City Training Center. You can catch him and his wife improvise around town as Sheila's Sister.
Track 7: Two Rooms - Audrey Zee Whitesides is a poet and musician born in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Her poetry and cultural writing has appeared or is forthcoming in/on Autostraddle.com, WONDER, and Bone Bouquet among others, and she's the author of two handmade chapbooks. She also leads Brooklyn trans punk band Little Waist.
In this episode, our attentions are turned to the Lillingtons 1999 release, Death By Television.
Featuring interviews with Kody Templeman, Tim O'Hara, Cory Laurence, Mass Giorgini, Dan Lumley, and Fat Mike.
Also featuring pieces from Tor Egil Frostelid, Greg Allen, Sara Ramone, Jeromy L. Corp, Sam West, Nick Miner, and Eric T. Roth.
In this month's episode, John and friends examine Tom Waits' 1985 release, Rain Dogs. Featuring pieces performed by Ryan Good, Greg Allen, Joe Janes, Don Hall, Mike O'Connel, Jen Ellison, Bilal Dardai, Cara Francis, Ian Belknap, Steve Walker, Daniel Kerr-Hobert, and of course, John "Jughead" Pierson himself.
RAIN DOGS - TOM WAITS
1. Singapore - Ryan Good
2. Clap Hands - Greg Allen
3. Cemetery Polka (Nobody)
4. Jockey Full of Bourbon - Joe Janes
5. Tango Till They're Sore - Don Hall
6. Big Black Mariah - John Jughead Pierson
7. Diamonds & Gold - Mike O'Connel
8. Hand Down Your Head (Nobody)
9. Time - Jen Ellison
10. Rain Dogs - Bilal Dardai
11. Midtown (Nobody)
12. 9th & Hennepin - Cara Francis
13. Gun Street Girl - Ian Belknap
14. Union Square (Nobody)
15. Blind Love - Steve Walker
16. Walking Spanish - Matt Dwyer
17. Downtown Train (Nobody)
18. Bride of Rain Dog (Nobody)
19. Anywhere I Lay My Head - Daniel Kerr-Hobert
The original intention of Jughead's Basement was not to conduct interviews of band members, but only to spotlight some of my favorite writers writing about some of my favorite records. But that quickly veered towards having a few interviews since I enjoy having conversations about music and creativity. I now like the balance of both interviews and writers. I had scheduled Tom Wait's Rain Dogs before seeking interviews became a facet. Instead I gathered together the best of my favorite writers, and they shared their stories and thoughts on one of the best singer/songwriters of the last few decades: Tom Waits. I did try to get an interview with him, but with no success. Really it was a pipe dream, a quixotic challenge I gave myself. I do plan on continuing my effort to get an interview with him, which I would instantly sprinkle on top of this podcast. But until then this single podcast represents the purity of my original idea.
In this episode, John and friends put Operation Ivy's Energy LP under the microscope. Featuring pieces by Tim Stafford, Joe Jacob, Bradley Adita, Matt Ellin, Connor Kalista, and Sonja Amazonka.
Also, interviews with Operation Ivy's lead vocalist Jesse Michaels, and Lookout Records co-founder Larry Livermore.
WHAT IS OPERATION IVY: Jesse Michaels
01. Knowledge (Intro by John Jughead Pierson)
02. Sound System (Jesse Michaels Interview)
03. Jaded (Tim Stafford)
04. Take Warning (Larry Livermore Interview)
05. The Crowd (Joe Jacob)
06. Bombshell (Bradley Adita)
07. Unity (Matt Ellin)
08. Vulnerability (Jesse Michaels Interview)
09. Bankshot (Larry Livermore Interview)
10. One Of These Days (John Jughead Pierson)
11. Gonna Find You (Jesse Michaels Interview)
12. Bad Town (Connor Kalista Part I)
13. Smiling (Larry Livermore Interview)
14. Caution (Jesse Michaels Interview)
15. Freeze Up (Sonja Amazonka)
16. Artificial Life (Jesse Michaels Interview)
17. Room Without A Window (Jesse Michaels)
18. Big City (Connor Kalista Part II)
19. Missionary (Larry Livermore Interview)
Last Question (Jesse Michaels Interview)
Jesse Michaels: was the lead singer and songwriter for Operation Ivy. His other bands have included Common Rider and Classics Of Love. He is now working on a novel to be released sometime this year.
Tim Stafford: is a Chicago writer, performer, husband, and Father. He can be seen regularly with the Chicago based The Encyclopedia Show.
Larry Livermore: is the founder of Lookout Records. He has also written for Maximum Rock N Roll. He is also working on a book. And has a website with much writing: www.larrylivermore.com
Joe Jacob: is a professional motion graphics animator living in Chicago. He also engages in various forms of writing, the results of which tend to toil in obscurity and fuel his narcissistic martyr complex.
Bradley Adita: is a punk house survivor, juggler of miscellania, publisher of A Day In The Air zine, and "Head Butthead" at Pop Punk Dot Com.
Matt Ellin: is the youngest writer we have had on this podcast, 13 Years Old! He discovered punk rock and its various offshoots a few years ago through exposure to The Ramones and The Sex Pistols, and it’s changed his life for better or worse. He immediately took to singing (And more recently playing bass) in bands. He listened to punk rock religiously and studied its stories. As a musician, He has no desire to be generic and he wants to do things in punk that haven’t been done. As a writer, he likes to bring new ideas and philosophies into the scene.
Connor Kalista: was born and raised in Texas. After he finished school there and abroad, he lived in Chicago, where he worked in museums and made lots of theater. Mostly with the Neo-Futurists but also with Theater Oobleck, Plasticene and Schadenfreude. He now lives in Brooklyn where he works as a film and video editor and most recently completed work on Without Shepherds, a documentary about Pakistan that will premiere at the 2013 Slamdance Film Festival. He is currently at work on a documentary about Somali pirates. He still makes theater and in 2011, he co-created and performed with the New York Neo Futurists in the Drama Desk nominated production, The Complete and Condensed Stage Directions on Eugene O’Neill, Volume One: Early Plays/Lost Plays. He still goes to lots of live shows and wishes he had more time to draw.
Sonja Amazonka: Sonja always felt that there was something inherently wrong with the world, and was happy to discover likeminded people in the Belgrade punk scene when she was a teenager. Punk rock inspired her to try and understand society and the way in which people make it up in their heads, thus she became a social anthropologist. Sometimes, when she’s not too busy writing academic papers, she writes short fiction. She is certain that her voice sounds more nasal when she’s speaking English.
On this episode, John and friends examine the Minutemen's 1983 release, Double Nickels On The Dime. Featuring contributions from Emma Casey, Douglas O'Rourke, Bob Stockfish, Eric T. Roth, Steve Walker, and Mike Yannich, and featuring interviews with Mike Watt & Dirk Vandenberg.
Part two is available here, and it includes the final two sides of the record, better known as Side George and Side Chaff.
01. "You Need the Glory" - Eric
02. The Roar of the Masses Could Be Farts" - Bob
03. "Mr. Robot's Holy Orders" - Emma
04. "West Germany" - John
05. "The Politics of Time" - Dirk Vandenberg
06. "Themselves" - Emma
07. "Please Don't Be Gentle with Me" - Steve
08. Nothing Indeed" Watt
09. "No Exchange" Dirk Vandenberg
10. "There Ain't Shit on T.V. Tonight" - Bob
11. "This Ain't No Picnic" - Douglas
12. "Spillage" (Watt) – Eric
01. "Untitled Song for Latin America" - John
02. "Jesus and Tequila" - Eric
03. "June 16th"- Watt
04. "Storm in My House"- Emma
05. "Martin's Story" - Mike Yannich
06. "Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love" - Steve
07. "Dr. Wu" - Douglas
08. "Little Man with a Gun in His Hand" - Steve
09. "The World According to Nouns" - Bob
10. "Love Dance" - John & Mike Watt